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How the 2021 Golden Globes Honored Chadwick Boseman’s Work

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ET is breaking down how the Golden Globes honored the actor after his tragic unexpected death in 2020.

Video Transcript

KEVIN FRAZIER: It was a crazy night, full of controversy and chaos.

NISCHELLE TURNER: Yes, indeed, and so much went wrong, technically. But "The Golden Globes" did get some things right.

KEVIN FRAZIER: Well, there was diversity among the winners.

NISCHELLE TURNER: Yes, there definitely was, including the most emotional win of the night, for the late Chadwick Boseman.

SIMONE LEDWARD BOSEMAN: He would have thanked God. He would have thanked his parents. He would say something beautiful, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you you can-- and I don't have his words.

NISCHELLE TURNER: Yet, she did. Chadwick's wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, sat poised, strong, and through tears accepted his posthumous Best Performance in a Drama award for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

SIMONE LEDWARD BOSEMAN: We have to take all the moment to celebrate those we love.

NISCHELLE TURNER: Co-star Viola Davis did her best to maintain composure while watching the speech, and on Instagram wrote, quote, "Simone was perfect." I spoke exclusively with her about his nomination leading up to the show.

VIOLA DAVIS: Chadwick Boseman deserves it. I'm happy to be in any conversation with him, even if I'm the tagline.

- Wakanda forever!

NISCHELLE TURNER: Chadwick's "Black Panther" queen mother and Golden Globe presenter Angela Bassett told me his award was going to be the highlight of her night.

ANGELA BASSETT: My heart, my son Chadwick is up for an award. So [? it's ?] important, you know, to, to just see his face pop up on the screen there.

- How are you feeling today, mama?

- Proud.

ANGELA BASSETT: It's nice to remember and recall his brilliance and his spirit.

NISCHELLE TURNER: Chadwick and Simone married in the months before his tragic passing last August from colon cancer. He rarely spoke about their five-year relationship.

CHADWICK BOSEMAN: Miss Simone, you're with me every day. Love you.

NISCHELLE TURNER: But with Chadwick a critical front runner in several award shows yet to take place, something tells us we will be hearing from Simone again.

SIMONE LEDWARD BOSEMAN: Hon, you keep them coming.